In Situ Mining Technology for Uranium--a Progress Report on Bureau of Mines Research.
Olson-JJ; Savanick-GA; Tweeton-DR
Mng Tech for Energy Resources-adv for the 80'S Asme New York PP 35-46 :35-46
The Bureau of Mines, under its advancing metal-nonmetal technology program, is conducting research in both in situ leaching and hydraulic borehole (or slurry) mining. Although the technologies under development have potential uses for several commodities, the research summarized in this paper is restricted to the investigations dealing with uranium. Major emphasis has been placed on developing improved well completion techniques, such as the water jet perforator. Investigations have also been funded to evaluate the environmental degradation resulting from in situ leaching of uranium, to improve control of the lixiviants during leaching, and to develop more cost-effective methods of site restoration. Research in borehole mining has been focused on testing the economic viability of a previously developed slurry mining tool. This paper reviews recent progress on in-house and contract projects having significant benefit to the in situ uranium mining industry.
Mng. Tech. for Energy Resources-adv. for the 80'S, ASME, New York, PP. 35-46